My Weight Loss Journey “Biggest Loser”

1st day of biggest Loser

Our 1st day of “My Weight Loss Journey” in the “Biggest Loser”, was set on a Sunday morning at 8 am where a group of approximately 50 BLR’s gathered for a 3-month weight loss journey. The 1st of the 2-hour meeting was weighing in (237 lbs! Yuck!) and having our photos taken (Not Pretty). We met our coaches that would be guiding us through the 3 months and received a binder that contained the entire program, I still reference the binder today for reminders and guidance! The second hour was the 1st workout of BL, I am glad that I had already been at the gym the prior month as everyone was struggling to get through the circuits! I get it, that was me the month prior (I did warn the others about the pain they would feel the following day!).

Weekly BL Tasks

  • 1 – Biggest Loser Group Workout, weigh-in & discussion (Every Sunday).
  • 2 – 3 weekly Classes (workouts)
  • 1 weekly run (Working up to a 10 km run on the 13th week!)
  • 1 emotional eating / mental coaching session (the gym provided a nutritionist for the 3 months).
  • 4 litres of water DAILY for the 3 months (very important to drink the 4 litres daily!)

Snapshot of the Program

I am going to give you a short abbreviated week by week summary of my progress below.

Week 1:

The first week of “My Weight Loss Journey” started with the USANA Reset program. This consisted of 3 protein shakes and 2 snacks per day along with supplements and vitamins. We had 5 specific snack options that we could select each day. For example 1 hard boiled egg, 1 cup of veggies and 2 tbsp’s of hummus. This was one of the 5 snack options we could select. I found the first week on the reset to be the most difficult! For the first couple of days without coffee, salt, carbs etc. was a huge shock to the system, going without coffee for a week also caused headaches! Goes to show how addictive caffeine is! USANA Reset is used to minimize our food cravings and reduce hunger for a certain amount of time. I can say that it definitely reduced both the food and hunger cravings for a good 6 weeks.

Weigh in = 227 lbs Down 10 lbs (woooo hooooo!)

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Weeks 2 – 12:

Losing 10 pounds after the 1st week almost made up for the torture of the reset! But not really! I was attending 4 classes a week and running as expected and feeling great about myself after losing the initial 10 pounds. The coaches handed out our diet for the remaining weeks of the program as follows:

Breakfast

Option 1 – 1 starch(oats)  + 1 whole egg and 1 cup of egg whites (my choice for the entire 3 months,I still have this every morning scrambled).                  Option 2 – 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt with 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp dry oats, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup blueberries.                                                                      1 cup of coffee optional. (Awesome!)

Snack                                   

Protein Shake with water OR 1 cup greek yogurt (0% Plain) with 1/2 cup blueberries. (I prefered the yogurt and blueberries)

Lunch

7 oz of chicken or turkey with 2 cups of vegetables ADD 1 starch choice

*1 can of tuna or 7oz tofu to substitute chicken                                                                                                     * Salad Dressing: Balsamic Vinegar or Lemon/Lime juice

Afternoon Snack

Protein Bar (Quest) or morning snack option. Cookie dough Quest bar in the microwave for 10 seconds is awesome!

Dinner

7 oz lean meat: (ground) chicken or (ground) turkey OR 9 oz of white fish (tilapia, cod) ADD 2 cups of vegetables

*Spices: use Mrs. Dash (hot sauce is allowed)

Evening Snack

Protein Shake, In water (Essential after workouts for a good sleep and muscle repair)

General Rules:                                                                                                                  DRINK 4L of water daily                                                                                                Don’t Skip any meals, take 3 hours between meals.                                              Don’t eat anything that is not on the plan.

That was it for the next 11 weeks! It wasn’t all that bad! The gym provided us with a lot of recipes that fell into the meal plan above and they all tasted great! I will post some of my favourites in future posts.

Week 2 

  • Weigh In = 223,  Total Weight Loss = 14 pounds
  • Walk/Run 2 miles twice a week
  • Working out 4 times per week
  • Meal Plan being followed

Week 3 

  • Weigh In = 221 Total Weight Loss = 16 pounds
  • Walk/Run 2.5 miles twice a week
  • Working out 4 times per week
  • Meal Plan being followed

Week 4 

  • Weigh In = 218,   Total Weight Loss = 19 pounds
  • Jogging 2.5 miles twice a week
  • Working out 4 times per week
  • Meal Plan being followed

Weeks 5,6,7 & 8 

  • Weigh In at the end of week 8 = 211,   Total Weight Loss = 26 pounds
  • Jogging 3 miles 3 times a week
  • Working out 4 times per week
  • Meal Plan being followed

Weeks 9 & 10

  • Weigh In at the end of week 10 = 208,    Total Weight Loss = 29 pounds
  • Running 3 miles 3 times a week
  • Working out 4 times per week
  • Meal Plan being followed

Final Weeks 11 & 12

  • Weigh In at the end of week 10 = 204,    Total Weight Loss = 33 pounds
  • Running 4 miles twice a week, completed 10 k in 1hr 5 mins!!! Crazy!!
  • Working out 4 times per week
  • Meal Plan still being followed
  • Using MyFitnessPal app for maintenance (Highly recommend this app for calorie counting, meal planning etc. it is free)
  • Currently using Runkeeper on my iphone to track progress. (also highly recommend this app).

Summary

This is the best I have ever felt in my life aside from, of course, marriage and the birth of my 2 daughters! I could not believe the transformation in my body, soul, and mind! If you were to tell me 3 months prior that I would be able to run a 10k without stopping and in a reasonable time, I would have said you were crazy!

Before @ 237

This program has changed everything, I am in the best shape of my life and have more energy than ever before. 7 months later and I have remained at the gym, kept the weight off and still feel great! It is still a daily challenge to stay the course! But ultimately, that is what makes you stronger in the long run!

After @ 204

Questions

If you have any questions about this program or need help on your journey? Please feel free to contact me and I will get back to you with an answer ASAP! I will be posting recipes from the program, exercise ideas, more photos etc. 

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